This typescript is an account of a meeting between Edison and Walter P. Gardner, a prominent manuscript collector, that took place at the West Orange laboratory in September 1930. Also present were William H. Meadowcroft, Edison's personal assistant, and Marshall Van Winkle, a friend of Gardner. In response to a book of historical documents compiled by Gardner, Edison offered his opinions and impressions about numerous prominent individuals, including former senator Roscoe Conkling, former president Calvin Coolidge, reformer Julia Ward Howe, Revolutionary War general Henry Knox, and political writer Thomas Paine.
Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. -- Lilly Library -- Manuscripts Department